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Shaza Andersen Recognized As One of Nine Top Female Founders

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Except from: “9 Southern Female Founders to Know During Women’s History Month”

March is Women’s History Month, so we thought it’d be fitting to honor a few trailblazing female entrepreneurs who are forging new paths in medicine, technology, media, and finance right here in the South. It’s not an easy path to forge, either. Only 9 percent of high-growth tech startups have female founders, an estimated 94 percent of decision-makers at VC firms are male, and despite making up a majority of the workforce, women are only majority owners in 38 percent of US businesses. But Southern entrepreneurial hubs, coding programs, universities, and policy-makers are actively working to increase these numbers, and it’s paying off.

… Shaza L. Andersen is the founder and CEO of WashingtonFirst Bank. Andersen opened the bank’s first branch in 2004; since then the institution has grown to 19 branches in Virginia, Maryland, and DC, with over $2 billion in assets. Andersen also founded the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation (WFYF), a non-profit dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in D.C. metro area. She’s been named one of the Top 25 Women to Watch by American Banker and ranked on the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100, 50 Fastest Growing Companies (twice), and Women Who Mean Business.

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“9 Southern Female Founders to Know During Women’s History Month.” Dig South, March 7, 2017,